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CLASS 90 ELECTRIC LOCO GROUP British Rail Class 90 Silver Anniversary: 1987-2012

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Technical Information


The class 90s were built as 4 axle Bo-Bo type of locomotives with GEC designed engines and Thryistor control (see table) and were built in Crewe by BREL under contract to GEC from 1985 to 1990. See link for more information.

Nameplates


This section of the site details all the names ever applied to the class 90s. The latest nameplate document was last updated on the 30/5/21 following the de-naming of 90012 and 90015 by Freightliner. Please see link below for more details.

West Coast Route History


Since the class 90s were first introduced in the late 1980s, there flagship route has been the WCML. We look back at some of the key highlights from the past 33 years. The original allocation saw 90001-90025 working passenger trains.

Introduction & Background


This website is dedicated to the BR built class 90s which were manufactured and assembled in Crewe Works from 1985 until completion in 1990 under contract with GEC. The original fleet consisted of 50 locomotives numbered 90001-90050.

Livery Combinations & Variations


The class 90s have featured 31 different liveries during their 33 year history.The newest livery is DB Cargo black with an advertising vinyl called “BackBone”, which has been applied to 90039 and was the last active 90 sporting EWS.

Naming Fact Sheet               


Over the years several nameplates have come and gone, often not replaced. This fact sheet outlines all known 90s that have been named, de-named or even re-named and includes dates; locations and engine number.

Miscellaneous Route History


The class 90s have operated on other electrified routes during their 33 year history making them one of the most versatile electric loco’s of this current period. This includes the GEML to Norwich & Harwich in addition to the ECML.

Other Facts about Class 90s


This section brings together other facts about the fleet which is not covered else where and includes depot open day visits, off-the beaten-track, historic milestones and rare workings on the UK network and is working progress.

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